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I feel tired only when I don't work: SRK

On a scale of 10, Shah Rukh Khan gives himself 4.5 for acting.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 18:51 IST
Vinayak Chakravorty/ HT City
Vinayak Chakravorty/ HT City

Shah Rukh Khan has just finished a quick, late lunch (at 6.30 pm). He's been up and active since early morning, teeing off at the TAG Heuer Precision golf tourney and facing a battery of mediapersons in a press conference thereafter.
All of which don't show on him as he settles down for a tete-a-tete later in his suite. "I don't feel I'm 40," he grins. "I feel the same energy as 15 years ago. There's an old saying that goes, 'the more you practise, the easier the job becomes.' It applies to me. Workload and stress are all a state of mind. My family and friends take the toll on my behalf when I fall sick."

Bollywood's undisputed king has his own definition of workaholism: "I feel tired only when I don't work. Since I like to work fast and take up new work even as one assignment gets over, I don't give myself free time. That way, I ensure I never feel tired."

Success, wealth, power - he has it all. So, what's left to achieve? "As an actor, I'd rate myself 4.5 on a scale of 10 -I do set high standards for myself. I intend to reach 9 someday. Work, to me, is more of a spiritual extension of myself. At this stage, I just go by one notion: My kids should be proud of whatever work I do."

Shah Rukh Khan says he feels tired only when he doesn’t work. His 2006 roster is a mixed bag. He has his hopes pinned on Farhan Akhtar's remake of Don, KaranJohar'sKabhi AlvidaNaKehna  and  Farah Khan's Happy New Year.

Which brings us to his favourite subject - his children, Aryan and Suhaana. The grin again, on that dimpled chin, as we broach the topic. Do his son and daughter root for him? "They do, but that may be because I'm dad. My son, though, has also started rooting for Abhishek Bachchan post


His 2006 roster is a mixed bag: FarhanAkhtar's remake of Don is "a film that we're not out to improve but re-interpret". Buddy Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna will have "the look and feel of a KJ film but it's unlike anything he has done before". These films, as also Farah Khan's Happy New Year, will kickstart "a new phase" in his career.

We'll watch out, SRK.

First Published: Jan 24, 2006 16:22 IST